Global Health News and Updates

Call for entries!

This is the last month you can submit work for the third edition of Abaton – get movin’! Abaton is a literary journal produced at DMU, made up entirely of submitted art and literary pieces.To actually browse the pages of the last edition and see its awesome-ness, click here.

— Courtney Tompkins

Quilting for good

guest post by Barb Boose, editor of DMU Magazine When 14 DMU students, two faculty, two alumni and four others took a medical service trip to El Salvador in March, they took 30 quilts with them, thanks to the Crafting for Charity Club.  The club was organized last year by DMU employees, all enthusiastic crafters […]

— Seth Stevenson

a tale from spring break

 I have tons of fun stories from our spring break trip to El Salvador. This first one is about my first ambulance ride. On March 15, the El Salvadorians had their presidential election and our team was asked to stick around just in case a riot broke out and first aid was required. Most of […]

— Tea Nguyen

Doing good in El Salvador over spring break

by Barb Boose, DMU Magazine editor Last summer, Jonathan Thompson, a podiatric medical student at DMU, spent a steamy week in El Salvador, seeing 50 to 70 patients a day. He was one of 14 DMU students on a medical service trip organized by the DMU Global Health Program and the Comandos de Salvamento, a […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Good Eats: El Salvador

For our pre-departure meeting, our global health group met at El Salvador Del Mundo, 2901 6th Ave. in Des Moines. And if this is what I have to anticipate to eat when I’m in El Salvador during spring break, then I am all in! The price is just right and the food was so delicious. […]

— Tea Nguyen

A trip to Tanzania

Dr. Yogi Shah is DMU’s associate dean of global health. Always going so many directions and working on so many great projects, he’s hard to keep up with some days!  Global health is a department that’s just exploding with growth and opportunities. Our students, staff, faculty & University friends have many ways they can contribute […]

— Courtney Tompkins

African update

The DMU Global Health dept. recently arranged an exchange partnership with a medical school in Uganda. The first two DMU students to try it out are currently there. Jon & Katie are in Uganda for two months. Luckily for us back home, they’re blogging about it! DMU will host two students from Uganda in March & […]

— Courtney Tompkins

What are you doing for spring break?

I am going to El Salvador for a medical service trip with 13 other DMU students and oodles of supporting faculty and community members. This is DMU’s second time going to El Salvador. Last year, they served about 2500 people in the community. I am so excited about this opportunity! There are many opportunities available […]

— Tea Nguyen

Mourning the loss of a great doctor

We received some very sad news at DMU this week. 1990 graduate Dr. Stephen DeVore, D.O., passed away due to heart problems Tuesday.  Dr. DeVore practiced in the metro up until a few years ago. Known as a great doctor, he took it a few steps farther and many will remember him for his passion […]

— Courtney Tompkins

What talent!!!

It’s no secret that our faculty & students are geniuses producing medical marvels and healing around the world. BUT, did you know they’re also creative & artistic? Check out these amazing photos by Mark, a D.O. student who just wrapped up an international rotation in Mumbai, India. Mark was the student editor of this year’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

PA’s go global

Starting in the 2009-10 school year, second-year PA students will have the opportunity to complete two weeks of clinical rotations outside the United States. Rotation sites have been set up in the Caribbean on the island of St. Lucia, as well as in the West African nation of Mali. The St. Lucia site will take […]

— Gina Smith

Exciting news at DMU

Last week a group from Argentina – doctors and an inventor – met at DMU with a doc from the World Health Organization and some of our family practice faculty, local OB experts and our Global Health leaders. They were here to test an invention that may help decrease the number of childbirth fatalities. Hard […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get your global health questions answered!

Have you wondered about going on a medical service trip or thought about an international rotation? If considering either of those options leaves you with more questions, we have a page for you! Check out the DMU Global Health dept.’s FAQs! This page will tell you about the application process, costs, available options, vaccinations, insurance […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Food, glorious food!

Everyone that knows me knows I love to eat and try new foods. That should explain to you why a festival in Des Moines this weekend is one of my favorites. It’s the World Food Festival! The street festival is held in the East Village and includes 30 locally-owned vendors with food of all ethnicities. All […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Medical outreach in El Salvador

For a week and a half this past summer, I took part in Des Moines University’s medical service trip to El Salvador. Twelve other DMU students and ten faculty embarked on this experience with me. Virtually all programs were represented in the trip, with eight second-year D.O.s, a first-year D.O., a PA student, a P.T. […]

— Seth Stevenson

“My trip to Belize” by Stephen Badke, D.O. student

Some of the unique opportunities available at Des Moines University are international rotations and medical mission trips. In July 2007, I traveled to the Stann Creek District of Belize, Central America as part of a group of 21 students and clinicians. The trip served as an excellent opportunity to provide remote underserved populations with medical […]

— Andrea Cooley